29 September 2016

Happy Thoughts

Happy Thoughts
Hello cute people! Today it's my turn to share my block (Block #66) for the Splendid Sampler. If you aren't familiar with the Splendid Sampler, you can read about it here. In short, it's a super fun quilt sampler organized by Moda superstars Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Pat and Jane have rounded up 83 designers to contribute blocks for this project and I'm happy to be one of them! Don't worry if you haven't started yet--you can find all of the blocks on the Splendid Sampler website here (with two new blocks being released each week). There's also a huge Splendid Sampler facebook group here if you want to join in on the fun there--how fun is that?!
Happy Thoughts block
So here's a little about the inspiration for Block #66 "Happy Thoughts." It seems like every time I sit down to make a new quilt, I find myself immersed in a joyful place. Whether the quilt be for a neighbor, a friend, a new baby, or a precious family member, I imagine all the adventures this quilt will experience. I think of the laughter, the blanket forts, the picnics, and even the sick days full of snuggles. It isn't long before I find myself grinning with every single stitch. When we create something for another person, we are giving them a little piece of who we are. My block is a visual reminder of all the love/energy/time we put into our quilts.
Little Miss Sunshine fabric
Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Fabric is my Little Miss Sunshine collection for Moda Fabrics (above). If you are a fan of Little Miss Sunshine, head over to my post from earlier this week and enter to win some from Fat Quarter Shop. Thanks for stopping by.

25 September 2016

It's Always Sunny {Giveaway}

Hey there! I'm in the midst of sewing for quilt market but in the meantime, I'm pleased to do a giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. This prize package centers around my current collection, Little Miss Sunshine for Moda Fabrics. 
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Little Miss Sunshine is all about looking on "the bright side" and so the colors are just as happy as you might expect. I get a lot of inquiries about matching Moda Bella solids and Aurifil threads, and I'm happy to let you know that Fat Quarter Shop offers a stash pack with everything you need. If you've been hoarding Little Miss Sunshine like some people I know, make it easy on yourself and grab one here.
Fat Quarter Shop has given me one of these Little Miss Sunshine stash packs AND one of my favorite notions of theirs--Alphabitties so I'm giving it all away to some lucky person, along with a jelly roll of Little Miss Sunshine
Enter to win by subscribing to my blog or following me on Instagram. Just leave a comment on this blog post letting me know where you follow me. This giveaway will close Monday, October 3rd, 2016 (U.S. only). Good luck to you!
Believe me, you're not going to want to miss any of my upcoming posts. They may or may not involve new fabric and a new batch of patterns. Squeeee!

16 August 2016

Aviator Quilt

Aviator 
Boys of all ages love airplanes--my little guy included. I've had this airplane quilt in my mind for a long time and am glad to have finally made it a reality! This is a fat quarter quilt--and each fat quarter will yield the pieces needed for both 1 background and 1 airplane. Choose a mix of dark and light prints and mix 'em all around to get this scrappy delight!
Aviator quilt
 An important note about this quilt--you will need to cut a 17 1/2’’ x 21 1/2’’ rectangle from each fat quarter -SO- when purchasing fabric, measure to make sure your fat quarters will allow you to do this. If you prewash fabric, you might consider purchasing half-yards.
I used a combination of collections for this quilt--primarily Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda, and Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis for Moda, plus a lot of my favorite text prints! It's available in my shop now in PDF or paper formats.
You may also be pleased to know that there is no paper piecing or templates involved in assembling this airplane quilt and it comes together quite quickly. Hope you enjoy making it as much as I did! 

02 August 2016

Primrose

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July just flew by, didn't it? I came home from a family vacation and found that I had a little package with Block #2 "Primrose" of Fat Quarter Shop's Moda Designer Mystery Block of the Month. This pretty block was designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts and uses prints from my Little Miss Sunshine collection for Moda. You can really see the texture of the white-on-white honeycomb too, one of my favorite things to do in a collection is add a white-on-white print for a little bit of texture.
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Also received my Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop and I know I said last month's was my favorite, but this one topped that! Here is a list of the goodies inside July's Summer Picnic-themed box:


  •  Dixie fat eighth bundle. Fabric is by Cluck Cluck Sew for Windham Fabrics.
  • Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter. This is my favorite go-to rotary cutter so I am always happy to see another! 
  • Pie Ruler by Lori Holt. Excited to try this out!
  • Sewline Butterfly Mechanical Pencil
  • Exclusive Moonshine Tablerunner pattern
  • BONUS: ADORABLE Quilt Block Needle Case by Moda Fabrics 
  • 12 July 2016

    Christmas in July Sale

    By the Chimney quilt
    Did you know there are 165 until Christmas? That's just over 5 months! It's the perfect time to start those Christmas quilts--or maybe you know someone who might like a few patterns as a gift! No matter what you're looking for, get 25% off your entire order in July using the promo code XMAS25 at checkout.
    Checkmate quilt
    If you're looking to make some Christmas quilts, these two are sure to make your house merry and bright!
    LB145 By the Chimney COVER   LB144 Checkmate Cover
    Share your projects on social media using the hashtags #lellaboutique #bythechimneyquilt or #checkmatequilt.

    Playing Catch Up with Fat Quarter Shop

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    Isn't happy mail the best?! It seems like I have been getting a lot of fun packages from Fat Quarter Shop, and I just have to share a little bit about them!
    Sew Sampler Subscription box 
    I have loved getting these sampler boxes every month--especially because the contents are always a surprise! If you follow me on Instagram, you've already gotten a peek at them, but if not, here's a bit about the May and June boxes:

    Came home from #quiltmarket to find another fabulous #sewsampler box from @fatquartershop ❤️❤️❤️ 
    May's box included the following items:
    • 2 Cozy Christmas 5'' Stackers (fabric by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs)
    •  Bobbini Bobbin Holder by Smartneedle
    • Sew Easy Tweezers by Elisa's Backporch Design
    • Aurifil thread (dove and beige)
    • Exclusive Cozy Holiday Tablerunner Pattern
    • Cute Little Buttons by Lori Holt

    Another fabulous #sewsampler box by @fatquartershop showed up over the weekend--my favorite one yet! 
    June's box included the following items:
    • Crayola Fat Quarter Box by Riley Blake Designs
    • Blue Alphabitties Specialty Marking Tool by It's Sew Emma
    • Creative Grids 2 1/2'' Quilting Square Ruler
    • Frixion Ball Erasable Black Gel Pen by Pilot
    • Shimmer quilt pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew
    How great are those boxes?! If you want to sign up for the Sew Sampler subscription, just head over here AND if you sign up before July 20th using the promo code M4R3M, you'll receive a FREE Cozy Christmas 5'' Stacker after your first shipment!
    Moda Designer Mystery Block of the Month
    I am just thrilled to have gotten the first block for this fun block of the month featuring my Little Miss Sunshine fabric. I managed to snag both a finishing kit and backing kit--there are a few left but you'll need to hurry to secure yours! This is the first block called Snowdrop that I got to design for month #1. I love how well the blues in this line play together!
    Moda Mystery Designer BOM
    Crossroads Quilt Along
    I had to play some serious catch up to get Blocks #3, 4, and 5 made for the Crossroads Quilt Along. They are just darling, don't you think? All the info for the quilt along is here. Fat Quarter Shop has been so generous to put this pattern together for a great cause--just donate to the March of Dimes if you participate and let's help FQS get to its goal of raising $30K.
    Crossroads QAL
    What projects do you need to catch up on?

    28 June 2016

    ->->->Arrow ->->->

    If you've been following me on Instagram, you've gotten a big peek at a new quilt I've designed called Arrow. I've been excited to share this one for a while!
    Arrow
    I designed this for an Australian magazine called Quilts From Precut Fabrics issue no. 5. It's now on newstands in Australia, but don't worry--if you're not living Down Under, you can just snag a digital copy of the magazine here or here.
    It's a fat quarter quilt, and assembly is so much fun! I've picked blues, greens, and reds from my Little Miss Sunshine fabric collection (now in shops). One of my favorite things about this quilt is the honeycomb quilting by Abby Latimer. It is just perfect for summer, don't you think?
    Arrow quilt
    Photo used with permission by Quilter's Companion. From Quilt From Precut Fabrics issue no. 5.
    Arrow quilt
    Photo used with permission by Quilter's Companion. From Quilt From Precut Fabrics issue no. 5.
    This quilt is really a pretty boyish design, what fabrics will you make yours out of to give it your own spin?

    23 June 2016

    When Life is Scrappy >>> Make a Quilt

    When Life is Scrappy MBS 
    Hello friends! I've got something pretty great for you today. A couple years ago, Moda came out with this amazing free alphabet pattern called Spell It With Moda. I was dying to make one but was too busy to get around to making one. I don't feel bad at all with how long it's taken me, though, because I'm glad I had that time to consider what message I wanted to spell out on a quilt. And now you're really in luck, because I've made a tutorial on how to make one just like mine. It's up on the Moda Bake Shop here.
    When Life is Scrappy MBS
    Quilting by Abby Latimer
    In addition to the free alphabet patterns, you will see instructions for 2 different space-filler blocks--an arrow block, and a small sawtooth star filler block. 
    When Life is Scrappy MBS
    Here is a quick reference to where you can find each letter's pattern (click on the letter you are looking for):
    A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z 
    When Life is Scrappy MBS
    So have you already made a #spellitwithmoda quilt? What message will you put on yours?